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Food Supply

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans his Department has to ensure the security of food supply. (269111)

DEFRA works closely with the food industry to deal with disruption to the food supply should the need arise, and meets the sector regularly to promote business continuity management. The sector has robust and resilient business continuity plans to deal with any threat of disruption. These plans have been tested in cross-Government exercises, in which the food industry participated. DEFRA also participates in the cross-Government programme of work to prepare for emergencies. Further detail on this programme can be found on the UK Resilience website.